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Renewable energy vehicles can revolutionise South Africa's public transport system

Vincent Raseroka, chairman of Bridge Taxi Finance, shares a range of ideas on the necessity of urgently looking into transforming the public transport system into one driven by electric vehicles...

By Vincent Raseroka 18 Apr 2019

20-carat Okavango Blue diamond unveiled
20-carat Okavango Blue diamond unveiled

The biggest blue diamond discovery ever made in Botswana has been unveiled to the world by Okavango Diamond Company (ODC)...

18 Apr 2019

Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?
Should we expect more private prosecutions for environmental crimes?

Private prosecutions for environmental crimes has always been a thorny issue in South African environmental law. In the recent case of Uzani Environmental Advocacy CC v BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, BP was found guilty of contravening the National Environmental Management Act...

By Athi Jara 17 Apr 2019

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Dirty deeds: how to stop Australian miners abroad being linked to death and destruction

Australian companies dominate African mining. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade counts 175 ASX-listed companies operating in 35 African countries...

By Julia Dehm 17 Apr 2019

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Renewables are here to stay: Radebe

The current challenges faced by Eskom "would have been worse", were it not for the contribution from renewable energy independent power producers, according Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe...

17 Apr 2019

ASM gold trading platform ensures transparency
ASM gold trading platform ensures transparency

A trading platform that makes it easy to buy ethically mined gold from artisans and small scale miners (ASM) across Africa and the developing world has been launched...

16 Apr 2019

Watson wind farm stopped - for now
Watson wind farm stopped - for now

The controversial decision to grant environmental authorisation for the Watson family's massive wind farm project on the summit of the Groot Winterhoek mountains near Uitenhage has been overturned - at least temporarily...

By John Yeld 16 Apr 2019

Professor Makgopa Tshehla
Can South Africa learn lessons from the mega mistakes of Eskom's mega projects?

Kusile and Medupi power stations continue to come under fire as poorly managed and ill-designed, remaining years behind completion dates amidst drastically rising costs that now stand at R300bn...

By Makgopa Tshehla 15 Apr 2019

Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Mantashe
Mine opening signals SA's investment potential

Coal continues to form a key part of South Africa's energy mix, in line with the country's Integrated Resource Plan, and the coal mining sector should continue investing in clean technology to mitigate the effects of climate change...

12 Apr 2019

Sun Exchange to solar power several Western Cape schools
Sun Exchange to solar power several Western Cape schools

Sun Exchange has announced plans to solar power several Western Cape schools via its global funding platform...

11 Apr 2019

The impact of mining on agricultural land
The impact of mining on agricultural land

Mining technology has changed to such an extent that fewer workers are needed, and food security can be compromised with mines encroaching on agricultural land...

11 Apr 2019

Feathers fly over Watson wind farm plan
Feathers fly over Watson wind farm plan

The Department of Environmental Affairs has given the go-ahead to a wind farm project that the Watson family wants to build in the Eastern Cape, before assessing strong differences of opinion from scientists...

By John Yeld 10 Apr 2019

Sweden-funded clean energy programme benefits 500,000 Zambians
Sweden-funded clean energy programme benefits 500,000 Zambians

The Beyond the Grid Fund for Zambia (BGFZ) has resulted in 100,000 Zambian households having gained access to clean energy...

10 Apr 2019

Richards Bay Minerals. Photo: Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto invests $463m in Richards Bay Minerals operation

Global mining company, Rio Tinto, is investing $463m in the expansion of its Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) operation through the Zulti South project.

10 Apr 2019

Eskom implements winter plan, but urges SA to use power sparingly
Eskom implements winter plan, but urges SA to use power sparingly

Eskom has reviewed its winter plan, but has cautioned the country to use electricity sparingly as the demand for power is expected to increase this week as cold weather gets a grip on parts of South Africa...

9 Apr 2019

How did loadshedding impact the fiscus?
How did loadshedding impact the fiscus?

While a diesel shipment arrived and provided relief to the dire stage 4 loadshedding in South Africa last month, this may be short-lived if the boiler tubes are not repaired by the time the diesel is burnt by the open-cycle gas turbines...

9 Apr 2019

GSF helps spur transformation with bursaries for students from disadvantaged communities
GSF helps spur transformation with bursaries for students from disadvantaged communities

Having launched in 2014, the Globeleq Scholarship Fund (GSF) is responsible for 25% of all renewable energy funded-scholarships...

9 Apr 2019

Koeberg nuclear power station
Is the SA public in the dark about Koeberg?

The recent revelations by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan that three separate safety incidents had occurred at Koeberg Power Station in 2014 and 2015 should raise red flags for South African citizens...

8 Apr 2019

The case for coal as the most secure energy fuel for emerging market economies
The case for coal as the most secure energy fuel for emerging market economies

So much of the world's growth over the past 200 years has been due to the discovery and ever-increasing use of affordable energy derived from fossil fuels led by coal, followed by oil, and natural gas...

By Alan M Clegg 5 Apr 2019

Alexandra Felekis
Radebe hints at private investment to meet IRP agenda

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe says Eskom on its own cannot supply the R1trn of investment in power generation, transmission and distribution needed by 2030 under the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

By Alexandra Felekis 4 Apr 2019

Renewables spell increased demand for cobalt and lithium
Cobalt and lithium recycling low despite climate change concerns

Extracting cobalt and lithium from old products and infrastructure is essential to heading off predicted metal shortfalls, empowering clean energy transitions and reducing risk of human exploitation.

4 Apr 2019

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From medicine to nanotechnology: how gold quietly shapes our world

The periodic table of chemical elements turns 150 this year. The anniversary is a chance to shine a light on particular elements...

By Werner van Zyl 3 Apr 2019

USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities
USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities

These centres have been created to foster high-quality applied research and build relationships among the education community, the private sector, and policymakers...

3 Apr 2019

Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to Parliament
Revised Carbon Tax Bill introduced to Parliament

Last week the minister of finance introduced the revised Carbon Tax Bill (Bill) to Parliament, which aims to give effect to South Africa's objectives and commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions...

By Gillian Niven & Nirvasha Singh 2 Apr 2019

Consumers should generate their own electricity and become 'prosumers'
Consumers should generate their own electricity and become 'prosumers'

South Africans should be allowed, and in fact encouraged, to generate their own electricity...

By Prof Wikus van Niekerk 2 Apr 2019

Eskom signs $180m loan agreement
Eskom signs $180m loan agreement

Eskom has secured a $180m loan from the New Development Bank (NDB) for its Renewable Energy Integration and Transmission Augmentation Project...

2 Apr 2019

SA's energy supply from Cahora Bassa dam in Mozambique was interrupted by Cyclone Idai
Renewables: The cheaper, cleaner choice for SA

Phasing out coal in the power sector by 2040 would allow SA to fulfil its commitment to the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to well below 2°C without significant impact on the economy...

1 Apr 2019

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Canada shows interest in mining investment

Regulatory uncertainty, lack of policy cohesion, infrastructural constraints and, in some instances, politics across Africa are clearly seen as deterrents, but there is great potential to attract investment if these issues can be addressed.

1 Apr 2019

Seshree Govender, senior associate, and Carey-Anne Jennings, partner at Webber Wentzel
Crowdfunding: An untapped funding resource for renewable energy

Small and innovative renewable energy projects battle to raise funds through formal channels. One possible solution is to reach out to communities with an interest in those projects to help fund them through crowdfunding initiatives...

By Carey-Anne Jennings and Seshree Govender 1 Apr 2019

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